HIV T Cell Apoptosis. December 2008.
2D illustration rendered from a 3D scene. The scene depicts the HIV virus triggering apoptosis in T cells. Apoptosis is the “self-destruct sequence” of a cell. Depleting T cells in this manner weakens the immune system. The number of T cells drives the progression of HIV to AIDS. There is also an inset showing a simplified structure of the HIV virus.